I received this book for free from Edelweiss/Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Need Me by Tessa Bailey
Series: Broke and Beautiful #2
Published by Avon Impulse on 04/21/2015
Genres: Adult, New Adult, Romance, Romance
When Honey Perribow traded in her cowboy boots for stilettos and left her small Kentucky town to attend Columbia University, she never expected to find a dirt-cheap apartment or two new best friends. No stranger to hard work, Honey is completely focused on her medical degree … until she sees newly minted professor Ben Dawson, and her concentration is hijacked. Honey is fascinated by her gorgeous young English professor and vows to find a crack in his tweed-wearing, glasses-clad exterior.
At an off-campus party, an accident lands Ben in a dark, locked closet with a sexy-sounding Southern belle … and their chemistry is explosive. But when he discovers that the girl in his arms is the same beautiful student he can't stop thinking about, he is stunned. Student-teacher relationships are strictly forbidden … yet no matter how hard he tries, Ben can't stay away from Honey.
And when his attempt to fight their attraction nearly ruins the best thing that ever happened to him, Ben will do anything to prove how much he needs her.
I binged on Tessa Bailey’s Broke and Beautiful series. I really loved the first book, Chase Me, and the third book, Make Me. But I was a bit nervous to read this second book, Need Me, because it involves a professor and a student, and that scenario rarely works for me. I’m sad to say that Need Me, more than anything, made me very uncomfortable.
The major issue I had with Need Me is that Honey is 19 years old, and Ben is 25, and her professor in college. Honey is 19! 19! And Ben is totally attracted to her, and I guess it’s hard to love a guy who is so attracted to a teenager. I remember how I was at 19, and I remember how I was at 25. And sure, technically Honey is an adult, but 19 is so very different from 25. Maybe I wouldn’t be so uncomfortable is she was a senior. If she were 22, or even 21, I could possibly have gotten on board with this one, but I just couldn’t here. Because it felt wrong. All I could think was that Ben had all the power, and Honey had none because she was 19 (I feel like I need to shout that out a few more times) and he was her college professor. This issue was a big one for me, and it affected my feelings for this one in a major way.
That said, there were things I really enjoyed about Need Me. I actually liked both the characters of Honey and Ben. If Honey was a tad bit older, I probably would have shipped them hard. Need Me is also a really quick read, and I truly couldn’t put the book down (of course, I was conflicted the whole time because of the age situation). The story never got slow.
Need Me left me very conflicted. The age situation along with the teacher/student scenario really prevented me from loving this one. However, I can see a lot of people enjoying this one. If you’ve enjoyed the other books in this series, I wouldn’t pass this one up. But I would definitely be prepared to be uncomfortable, too.